Vice President for Student Academic Success and Chief Academic Officer

Winston Salem, North Carolina
Jul 28, 2020
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors, Vice Presidents
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

Forsyth Technical Community College is seeking a qualified Vice President for Student Academic Success and Chief Academic Officer to join our team. The Vice President and Chief Academic Officer will provide strategic leadership and oversight for the instructional division of the College. The ideal candidate is a dynamic, student-centered leader who embraces transformative teaching and learning strategies and is committed to equity of opportunity and success for all students.  Please refer to the job description below for responsibilities, position requirements and the process to apply. This position will remain open until filled, however interested candidates should apply by August 17, 2020 to receive full consideration.   

Provides executive leadership for the transformative learning curriculum instructional division of the College. As the Chief Academic Officer, the Vice President is responsible for leading measurable expansion and improvement of teaching and learning at the College, including:

  • Advancing the College’s student-centered culture through the design and delivery of high-quality, innovative, and transformative teaching and learning.
  • Leading the design, implementation, and assessment of scholarly, diverse, and learning-centered curriculum.
  • Promoting the development of student-centered, equitable and inclusive systems that enhance student learning, persistence, and completion, and equity of opportunity and success for all students.
  • Developing strong relationships and partnerships within the local, regional, state, and national educational ecosystem, including collaborations with K-12 and university partners.
  • Demonstrating a commitment to collaborative practices and shared leadership.
  • Overseeing the academic integrity of the College and ensuring compliance with various regional and program-specific accreditation and licensing agencies.


  • Provide strategic leadership to all areas of academic affairs, including curriculum, articulation, assessment, academic supports, learning resources, and faculty development through the Center for Teaching and Learning.
  • Foster a student-centered culture of belonging and innovation that encourages excellence and continuous transformation in teaching and learning.
  • Lead planning, development, and implementation of models to enhance internal expertise in curriculum theory and design as well as traditional and emerging teaching and learning strategies based on effective practices and data advancing transformative techniques and practices.
  • Lead the design, development, implementation and ongoing improvement of high-quality curriculum that meets the needs of the businesses and industries we serve and ensures students graduate with the skills and competencies they need to be successful when they transfer to a four-year university and/or to build successful and sustainable careers with livable wages.
  • Work closely with the College President, the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and others to identify and create the conditions needed to proactively, intentionally, and relationally support student learning across the College as well as a comprehensive academic program plan to meet the needs of the communities the College serves.
  • Partner with the Vice President for Economic and Workforce Development to ensure seamless and successful connections and articulated options exist for students to move from short-term workforce certification programs to degree programs and to ensure both short-term and degree programs meet the needs of the businesses and industries we serve.
  • Partner with the Vice President for Student Success Services and the Associate Vice President for Recruitment and Enrollment Management to ensure an equitable, seamless and transformative student experience from the time of initial student inquiry to application, through enrollment, persistence and ultimately to graduation.
  • Partner with the Vice President for Strategic Innovation and Effectiveness to provide leadership on academic matters pertaining to accreditation and to manage an effective and systematic process for program reviews.
  • Partner with the President and all other members of the ELT to provide strategic leadership, grounded in the College’s values of excellence, learning, innovation, diversity and integrity, for achieving the College’s vision of being a catalyst for equitable economic mobility by advancing excellence in learning, completion, equity and post-graduation outcomes, and by building a culture of belonging and intentionally designing a college experience where each learner receives what they need to be successful.
  • Work closely with other educational institutions, as well as local, state, and national entities to develop and align curriculum and to promote and advance innovation in teaching and learning.
  • Lead development of recommended policies and procedures related to academic affairs.
  • Work with community groups, business, industries, non-profit groups, and other parties, as needed and applicable, to develop partnerships which result in improved service to students and the community.



  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • At least 3 years of senior administrative level leadership in higher education. 
  • Significant teaching, leadership, and administrative experience at the undergraduate level.
  • Significant experience as an academic leader with responsibilities relating to those described in the essential job functions.
  • Knowledge of and experience in working with educational technologies, including distributed learning (distance education).
  • Demonstrated experience with regional accreditation, strategic planning, assessment and institutional research in higher education.
  • A demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion. 
  • Must be able to perform all of the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.




  • Five or more years of senior administrative level leadership in higher education.
  • Doctoral degree from an accredited institution.
  • Community College experience.

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